By Donovan Longo, Jul 30, 2013 10:43 AM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: Creative Commons) President Kennedy with his wife, Jacqueline, and Governor of Texas John Connally in the presidential limousine, minutes before the President's assassination.
The assassination of John F. Kennedy has been disputed for 50 years, with many conspiracy theorists arguing against the official account produced by the U.S. is false. Many believe that new evidence clearly shows that JFK was shot twice, from different directions.
Now with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination quickly approaching on November 22, a new documentary has emerged, and while they are in line with conspiracy theorists that there were in fact two shooters, this new film has an even bigger twist. “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” a Reelz Channel documentary claims that there was a second shooter and it was George Hickey, the Secret Service agent who was escorting the Kennedy’s and riding in the car behind them. “JFK: The Smoking Gun” attests that Hickey fired his weapon by accident and shot the president on November 22, 1963.
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The film states that following the Secret Service agent’s accidental shooting of the iconic U.S. president, a massive cover-up ensued. The cover-up was so large scale to simply save face for the Secret Service, who serves to solely protect the President and the First Family. So much speculation surrounds the assassination, and the official statement left many utterly unconvinced. According to Daily Mail, “as much as 75 percent of the American public do not believe the official account of the Kennedy assassination.”
“JFK: The Smoking Gun” is based on the work of veteran Australian police detective, Colin McLaren. McLaren based his four-year investigation off the work of Howard Donahue, who spent two decades probing the assassination. Donahue’s work was presented by author Bonar Menninger in the book, “Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK. McLaren and Menninger presented their findings and research at Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, California.
One of the new pieces evidence is the claim that Hickey and other Secret Service agents had engaged in drinking the night before, which then left them feelings the effects of a hangover while the Kennedy’s motorcade drove through Dallas. In addition, McLaren uncovered evidence that hickey had never been trained to fire the AR-15 weapon he was carrying. “It was his first time in the follow car, his first time holding the assault weapon he was using,” McLaren told the crowd.
The theory behind “JFK: The Smoking Gun” is that as a lone assassin opened fire on the president, Agent Hickey grabbed his own AR-15 gun to protect JFK. Although, when the motorcade jolted to a stop after the initial shot was fired, Hickey accidentally pulled the trigger and fired a bullet directly to the back of JFK’s head.
Citing the two different ballistic profiles of the two bullets that struck Kennedy, McLaren believes that Hickey’s accidental firing accounts for the unknown second bullet and gunman, which directly contrasts the Warren Commission’s declaration in 1964 of Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman.
And while the documentary does indicate that it was in fact Hickey’s shot that killed the president, Menninger believes the accidental shooting was “a tragic accident in the heat of the moment.” The documentary does not suggest that Hickey was involved in any conspiracy to assassinate JFK.
“JFK: The Smoking Gun” is slated to air on the Reelz Channel on November 3, 2013.